The second FCM was organized by CIRAD and held at Campus Lavalette in Montpellier.
 

Objectives of the meeting

  • Presentation and discussion the work developed up to the 24th month of the project, aiming at the assessment of the project progress, reinforcement of interactions for the work development and the stimulation of production of scientific publications. 
  • Review and discussion of current administrative and financial aspects of the project.

Participants

Fifty tree delegates from seventeen partner institutions, including Contract managers, Theme leaders and Co-leaders, WP leaders, Task leaders and other collaborators (graduate, PhD and Post-Doc students) attended the meeting.
 

Opening session

The meeting was opened by Dr. Eric Etter the host and coordinator of the meeting in the absence of Prof. Carlos Martins, the coordinator of the project. He introduced Mr. Philippe Petithuguenin, the Deputy Director of CIRAD for Research and Strategy who addressed a welcome note to all the participants emphasizing the role of CIRAD in the International scenario of research for development. He presented Cirad, its mandate (“to contribute to sustainable development of agri-food systems in tropical and subtropical countries through research, capacity strengthening and information”), its 6 thematic priorities, and its working modalities (multistakeholder long term partnership on research and innovation, especially around 21 “partnership platforms” worldwide). 
Mr. Jean-Michel Sers, European Affairs Coordinator, presented CIRAD’s European strategy. Cirad is one of the leading European operators dedicated to scientific and technical cooperation in the field of agronomy with tropical regions and countries.  Its main objective is to contribute to the coordination of European agricultural research for the development of a global agenda serving the South’s needs. To do so, The EU Affairs Division of CIRAD is committed to stimulate the construction of European strategic partnerships through European programmes and instruments put in place by the European Commission. 
Prof. Carlos Martins, addressed (through video-conference) the main objectives of the meeting and gave a general overview on the organization of the different working sessions and on the expected outcomes of the meeting.
 

Organization 

The meeting was organized in parallel and plenary sessions.
Parallel sessions chaired by the Theme Leaders and Co-Leaders aimed at reviewing the progress of work, identifying delays or deviations and strategies to overcome them, planning future work and reinforcing collaborative agreements for the work development of different Tasks within each Theme. 
During parallel sessions, organized as round table discussions, Theme Leaders addressed the main strategies for the development of different tasks and delegates involved presented comprehensive overviews (oral presentations) on the work developed covering the second year of the project work plan. 
 
During plenary sessions chaired by the Coordinator (through video-conference), participants gathered to discuss transversal topics of administrative and financial aspects (presented by the project manager, Dr. Paula Viana) and on the progress of   work under the different Themes of the project. During these sessions, Theme Leaders presented and submitted to discussion, detailed reviews on the progress of research developed during the period covered.
 
Overall, fruitful discussions took place around the progress of the work. Collaborations among partner groups were strengthened and final conclusions on the work accomplished as well as on the work to be pursued were presented and discussed. The reported results indicated an adequate progress of the project in agreement with the work plans.
 
The meeting evolved under a very fruitful scientific and friendly atmosphere and participants had the opportunity to socialize in different moments during a guided walking tour to Montpellier, a visit to the Valmagne Abbey and during a dinner on a local restaurant.